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Rise of the Darklings

(The Invisible Order #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie--a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan. She rescues him and unknowingly become ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by EgmontUSA
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like the faerie theme
I do like this book, and the author did a great job with the faerie theme. This book is pretty dark and violent, as a warning to younger readers.

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Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, I felt that the plot was interesting. Things that seemed too contrived in the beginning, but began to make sense as the story progressed. All the different places that Emily finds herself during her journey really adds to enjoyment of the story; it seems like a real adventure. Also, they really have you wondering who can be trusted and what everyone's true motives were.
I have complaints about the story though. The first, is that it seemed rather obvious to me as the story went on, how
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I felt that the beginning was the most intriguing part of this novel. It was the unique world Crilley created that had me devour the first half of this story within a few hours the other day. I did not realize, when first requesting this book to review, that The Invisible Order series is based upon the fey. Well, that's a lie. I knew at the time, then conveniently forgot. So, when the fey were introduced, I was pleasantly surprised.

Let it be known that this is not your typical fey book. They fey
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Rise of the Darklings is the first book in a series (of at least 2 books). I received a review copy from Amazon Vine and rom a high level, the premise reminded me a bit of the Spiderwick or Fablehaven and other recent books…you have a young girl, Emily, who is able to see the magical world of faerie/fey creatures living among us. And she has a fun adventure because of this gift of sight. There were a few things that differentiated this book from those series…the first being that this book is set ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love faery stories, so I was very excited when I started reading Rise of the Darklings and realized that I had, in fact, just dived into a deliciously traditional faery story. This first book in The Invisible Order series, though aimed at fifth to eighth graders, is a deeply satisfying read even for adults, full of twists, turns, and lots of excitement.

Twelve-year-old Emily Snow has a tough life. She has scraped a living for herself and her younger brother William by selling watercress on the
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. The synopsis of the book sounded wonderful; a young girl in Victorian London stumbles upon another world. I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book in The Invisible Order series by Crilley. The characters and story were very engaging and the atmosphere dark and mysterious. Excellent middle grade fantasy that even adults will get into.

Emily and her brother are orphans trying to scrap buy in the Cheapside part
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
ATOS Book Level: 4.5
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 10.0
Word Count: 67777

Emily Snow lives in Victorian London scraping out the best life she can for her and her brother since their parents mysteriously disappeared. It's a hard life but she's protecting William and keeping him fed. All starts to change on early morning while Emily takes a short cut through the alley's of London when she comes upon a fierce battle being fought by creatures who stood no "higher than Emily's knee".
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Ever since their parents disappeared, 12-year-old Emily Snow is the sole supporter for her brother, William. When Emily sees a piskie battle in a London alley, she ends up being an unlikely witness and rescuer of one of the fairies named Corrigan.

Emily soon finds herself pitched between the Seelie and Unseelie courts and their mutual hatred for the Invisible Order, a secret society of humans who hold back the fairies from their dreams of incursion on the hu
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
First of a new middle-grade fantasy series that's set in Victorian London about a girl (hurray, a girl!) who's struggling to keep herself and her younger brother sheltered and fed since her parents disappeared. She's on her way to work early one morning and inadvertently sees a battle among some short, fairy-type people in a dark alley.

One thing I liked about this book is that the action is led by a girl, who's had to take on some heavy responsibility. Setting the book in the realistic past is
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This was a new book the library had on the shelf. My library gets very few new books so I figured I'd see if this was any good. It's the first book in a series. I found it pretty boring. All of the scenes were not described in detail and I felt it was lacking depth and emotion. I guess it could be explained away by the fact it is written for 10 year olds or around that age, but I found it in the YA section so I thought it would be a bit better and for older readers. The book doesn't end so if yo ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really loved this, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. Emily is such a strong and remarkable character, William reaminds me alot of my little brother, Jack well I just adore Jack, and Corrigan where would we be without a sarcastic little pisky?? I'm aware of the fact this is considered a childrens book, but I think it is a book for all ages. I just absolutely loved it!!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Huh, I think I'm a bit disappointed. Not in the book, I should hasten to add, but because it felt like it was setting up a whole series of children's books involving time travel, the Invisible Order, and fae. I'm disappointed to discover that there's a sequel and that's it.

It's a fun children's fantasy book set in Victorian London (or thereabouts) and it's key enjoyment is in how visually rich the details of the fae are. There's a sense that it would make a mesmerising tv series if you could get
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I gave this one a chapter or two, but the writing was poor, the characters not terribly compelling, and the mood dark and dreary. I can forgive dark and dreary when the other two are in order - and when there's clearly a good story at the core - but this felt like work to read. Throwing it back into the sea for another catch.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the first three-quarters of this book. The story was intriguing, the characters were engaging, the writing was crisp, etc. The final quarter, however, felt rushed compared to the rest. The concluding cliff-hanger felt rather cobbled together. Maybe the next book will be better...
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an adventure! Though not one a twelve-year-old should have to go through.
Sarah Adamson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy, ya
A fantasy book for younger readers but with the caution that it has some very dark parts! I was struggling to work out what age it was written for as some parts are aimed very much at younger children and are written simply and basically. Other parts are very dark and I wouldn’t want too young children to read it alone.
An enjoyable story but not as fun a fantasy as I wanted it to be.
Sarah BT
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
About the Book: Emily Snow's parents have disappeared and for the past two years she has been in charge of her younger brother and making sure they survive. One morning, Emily encounters a conversation between strange beings and realizes she can see a entire hidden world in London, full of faeries. A war is raging between faeries. As Emily's brother is kidnapped, Emily must do everything she can to save him. But what side is good? What side will not destroy humankind? Emily must find the key to ...more
Pop Bop
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Complex But Accessible and Entertaining for Middle Graders

There's a lot to like about this book, but here's my primary positive thought. It's easy to write la-la-faeries-in-the-garden diversions. It's not easy, but pretty common, to write very complex and twisty faerie stories that get so caught up in the details of the Seelie Court, the Unseelie Court, and so on, that they read more like histories of the Prussian Empire than like adventure stories. This book treads the very narrow path that avo
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Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

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This was a wonderful adventure - well written, easily digestible for young and adult readers, and nicely atmospheric. From the first chapter you're hooked; thrown right into the action as 12 year old Emily Snow, the story's protagonist, encounters a battle between the Seelie and Unseelie - piskies (don't call them faeries) who have abandoned their ages old war with the humans and now are immersed in their own civil war.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Invisible Order is a fantastic read that weaves faerie lore with historical Victorian London, and engages you in a fast passed, twisty plot, that is witty and suspenseful. Our heroine, Emily Snow may be young, but at 12 years old she's raised her 9 year old brother and herself for the last two years, since her parents death. Her key to survival has been her strength and wit, something she'll rely heavily on as she finds herself in the middle of a war. Both the Unseelie and the Seelie courts ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
The Invisible Order is a fantastic read that weaves faerie lore with historical Victorian London, and engages you in a fast passed, twisty plot, that is witty and suspenseful. Our heroine, Emily Snow may be young, but at 12 years old she's raised her 9 year old brother and herself for the last two years, since her parents death. Her key to survival has been her strength and wit, something she'll rely heavily on as she finds herself in the middle of a war. Both the Unseelie and the Seelie courts ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vine
On the day she found out about the the fey and the hidden war being waged in Victorian London, twelve-year-old Emily woke up praying for snow. Snow would mean that she could stay home with her brother William instead of running through alleys and side streets to get to Mrs. Hobbs to buy a bunch of watercress to sell for the day.

But there is no snow and Emily does have to venture out. Unfortunately instead of a day spent peddling watercress in the cold, Emily stumbles upon a faerie battle right i
Kavanand (Reading for Two)
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Invisible Order is written for a middle-grade audience, but readers of all ages may enjoy it. It tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Emily in Victorian London. Emily's parents disappeared a few years earlier, and she sells watercress for pennies in the street to support herself and her younger brother. One morning, on her way to buy her day's supply of watercress, she stumbles upon a battle between two groups of fairies. She ends up saving the life of a piskie named Corrigan and quic ...more
Paula Griffith
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book because it fits so well in a reading ladder (Lesesne, 2010) to develop fantasy fans. Those students who discover fantasy in early elementary school through books like Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Treehouse series will move up the ladder with a book such as this in upper elementary/middle school. Rise of the Darklings is the first book in a set of sequels and provides a strong plot developed through action and character dialogue. The chapters are not terribly long, and there is some ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
At twelve years old, Emily Snow has been looking after her younger brother since her parents disappeared. She tries to earn enough money to feed them both by selling watercress on the streets of Victorian London. One cold morning on her way to the watercress vendor, Emily encounters several strange small people having a battle. After the battle, two men approach her to ask her what she witnessed. Emily refuses to tell them, but that is not the last she will hear from them or from the piskies she ...more
Dorine White
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emily Snow is the soul provider for herself and her little brother William. They live in Victorian London where Emily sells watercress for pennies. One morning she turns down a dark alley and witnesses a battle between two different faerie factions. Now that she's seen them, there is no turning back.

Emily is thrown into a war that has waged for centuries. On one hand is the King of the Faerie, Dagda, on the other is the Queen, and right in the middle is the Invisible Order, a group of men and wo
KidsFiction Teton County Library
Chris’s Rating: 3.5 Stars

Since her parent’s disappearance, Emily Snow has done whatever she can to provide for herself and her younger brother in Victorian England. But one day she witnesses a fierce battle between two factions of short humanoid creatures in a back alley. From that point nothing will ever be the same. Her eyes are opened to a new world of rival mythical beings living in close quarters with humans, and a human society (The Invisible Order) bent on either watch
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2012
Another fun audio-book for the commute.

I finished listening to this book today on my drive to work. Honestly, it's proving difficult to decide how I feel about it.

Rise of the Darklings is a young adult fantasy about an orphaned 12 year old girl who must protect her brother and the city of London from an ongoing war between two factions of faerie-kind and a small group of humans called the Invisible Order.

I enjoyed the book, but it left much to be desired. On the one hand, I liked the different f
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Darklings is probably one of my favorite reads so far for 2011. The combination of quick paced adventures, folklore and fairy creatures, and unique in detail characters make this a thrilling read.

The whole story was incredibly fast-paced which made it hard to put the book down. This could've been due to the short chapters but a part of it could've been due to the quick plot movement that the author us uses. There is never too much time spent on one idea. But don't be fooled because
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Paul Crilley is a Scotsman adrift in South Africa and has been writing professionally for the past 17 years. In that time he has worked on over thirteen television shows, one of which was nominated for an international Emmy award.

He has written eight novels, worked on five computer games, and also written comics for IDW. His previous novels include The Invisible Order books, a middle grade series

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The Invisible Order (2 books)
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